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“Utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, will be important so we are able to identify the early presence of soybean diseases, and be able to best identify when we need to time a fungicide or other application. Drones could be utilized to get continuous shots of soybean fields that we can be watching more closely, versus sending someone out to do scouting. We can also be very proactive at managing things like fungicides.” [Currently the Federal Aviation Administration is considering regulations that would allow the use of drones in U.S. airspace. They are not currently allowed for most agricultural applications.]
“Data-management software is important for soybean farmers moving forward, and right now I think we are still in the development stages. The idea that as a farmer, I’m making sure that I’m selecting the right varieties or using best management practices for my soybean crop that would be considered sustainable. I believe there are a lot of things that we can start to learn by using this software. The data will allow us to progress and fine-tune our management systems for soybeans to successfully reach and sustain the 100-bushel range.”
Fulton encourages farmers who want to keep up with precision agriculture technologies to stay engaged through social media, attend precision-ag conferences and ask questions of equipment and technology manufacturers at farm shows. [This also pertains to ag retailers and crop consultants.]
The new AGCO RG700 RoGator applicator’s cab is loaded with precision ag technology for farmer use.
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